Paul Wong
Cast of HBO”s version laughingly discuss Meg Ryan.<br><br>Courtesy of HBO

Is this room getting smaller

Warner Brothers

It”s easy enough to bash every boyband and teenage pop diva that corporate America markets to American youth. About as easy as it is to overlook each brand of rock that corporate mainstream has stickered, packaged, and put on the shelf. But out of the rap-rock, jock-rock, nu metal, hard-core, punk and whatever else is a profitable market at the time, a new sound always manages to surface. Welcome to the age of emo and a record that deserves all the trite praise that its publicity pack boasts.

LA”s onesidezero”s first offering, Is This Room Getting Smaller is a pleasant return to the concept album a record that presents itself as parts of a whole. Rather than providing the usual three chord combinations and random collection of could-be radio hits that seem to be so dominate in the rock world of today, Is This Room Getting Smaller is a complex, acoustic-based musical journey that explores a wide spectrum of guitar riffs instead of rehashing the same old hard core hooks. Onesidezero describe themselves as “melodic hard rock.” Successfully encompassing melody with the appropriate distortion, the musical arrangement supports Radford”s array of emotions in a surprisingly forceful manner. Devoid of any incomprehensible lyrics or hoarse screaming, Radford coveys his inner turmoil with not only his ability to carry a tune but a dynamic range that furthers the strength of this record.

Radford”s vocal prowess, backed by what truly can be considered a successfully guitar-based album, makes Is this Room Getting Smaller a strong contender for the album which will bring emo even further into the mainstream and is well worth the money or time spent finding it on the net.

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